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War and Piste

Last time I wrote a book review I must have been about 13. And it may well have been The Lord of the Rings, chosen on the grounds that I’d already read it and therefore wouldn’t have to do more … Continue reading

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Embracing the inner e-bookworm

One of the benefits of my fancy new iToy, I discover, is the not inconsiderable advantage of being able to get my paws on free books. Yes, that’s reading material of my very own for absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zip. Zero. … Continue reading

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New technology baffles pissed old hack

Back in the days when I last had a proper job, mobile phones weren’t. Mobile, that is. In those olden days of newspaper reporting, anyone sent out to cover ongoing events like royal visits was issued with the newsroom’s one … Continue reading

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Switch on, tune in, zone out

One of the things which makes life abroad a comparative piece of cake these days is easy access to news, entertainment and general communication in whatever language you like. No longer do you have to hunt round a dozen maisons … Continue reading

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We had to make our own entertainment in them days …

Along with the influx of brain impaired tourists, loonies in lycra and people apparently unaware that roads may occasionally be used by motor vehicles, summer brings us the tourist office’s animation programme, most of which takes place up and down … Continue reading

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I said … TURN THAT RACKET DOWN!!

People assume that life in an idyllic little market town in the Alps with a national park on the doorstep must be a haven of peace and quiet in a world increasingly suffering from some kind of collective hyperthyroidism. And … Continue reading

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This is the BBC. And now, the shipping forecast.

Dire emergency situation here this morning, leaving the household shocked, traumatised and probably in need of ‘closure’ or similar psychobabble codswallop. On booting up the laptop before breakfast as usual I got a message telling me that ‘Radio 4 is … Continue reading

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